What’s worse than a baptist pastor who commits murder? A brazen one who shows up at the funerals…

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Kentucky pastor charged with murder attended victims’ funerals

Boyle County Detention Center via AP

This undated photo provided by the Boyle County Detention Center shows Kenneth Keith.

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

A Baptist pastor was charged Wednesday in connection to a September triple homicide at a Kentucky pawn shop he once owned, according to police — just two weeks after he reportedly attended a funeral for two of the victims, consoling their family and friends.

Kenneth A. Keith, 48, the pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, Ky., allegedly shot and killed gold-buying store proprietors Michael and Angela Hockensmith, and a customer, Daniel P. Smith, on Sept. 20.

And just days later, Keith paid his respects at a Sept. 24 funeral service for the slain couple, who left behind a 9-year-old son and a 14-month old daughter. He offered his condolences to the devastated mourners, showing no sign that he perpetrated what authorities say was an act of cold-blooded violence, relatives said.

 

For the kin of the victims still reeling from the slayings, the allegations against Keith are like a punch in the gut — with his sympathy call adding insult to irrevocable injury.

“To find that out, it made me sick,” Michael’s brother, Tony, told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Keith was a longtime friend of the Hockensmiths, according to local reports.

Michael Hockensmith, 34, was a youth pastor at another Baptist church and had managed the store for Keith before he and Angela, 38, assumed part ownership, according to NBC News affiliate WAVE 3 in Louisville.

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